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Study of Text, C 15: IX. The Holy Instant and the Attraction of God, P5. 6-22-18

IX. The Holy Instant and the Attraction of God, P 5
5 If you would but let the Holy Spirit tell you of the Love of God for you, and the need your creations have to be with you forever, you would experience the attraction of the eternal. No one can hear Him speak of this and long remain willing to linger here. For it is your will to be in Heaven, where you are complete and quiet, in such sure and loving relationships that any limit is impossible. Would you not exchange your little relationships for this? For the body is little and limited, and only those whom you would see without the limits the ego would impose on them can offer you the gift of freedom.

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It is a persistent delusion that I am a body or in a body, even temporarily. As Jesus says, at no single instant does the body exist at all. I am pure, formless awareness. I am a Thought in the Mind of God, an Idea in His Mind, and have never left that state. But my mind is divided on this while I dream of being something else, somewhere else. Dreaming does not disrupt the state of my Being nor does it in any way affect the Love of God for me.

While I linger in this limited experience, I try to imitate reality. I have children in response to my innate desire to create. I have relationships with them and others because deeply hidden in my mind is the sublime memory of the relationship I have with God and my creations, and I long for that again. I seem to think that I can find a substitute for these things, to be something else somewhere else and still have what I left behind. I can’t.

This desire to recreate the beauty and glory of my Self while not being my Self is what keeps me here. I seem to think that if I try one more time, I will finally succeed. Then I will be my own God and happy. It isn’t working. I was created to be part of All That Is, to be One with God, to be eternal and to be Divine. The acceptance of what I am is the only path to joy. Holy Spirit, speak to me of God, of my creations, of Love. I am listening.

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Manual for Teachers: 12. HOW MANY TEACHERS OF GOD ARE NEEDED TO SAVE THE WORLD? P 5. 6-19-18

12. HOW MANY TEACHERS OF GOD ARE NEEDED TO SAVE THE WORLD? P 5
5 The central lesson is always this; that what you use the body for it will become to you. Use it for sin or for attack, which is the same as sin, and you will see it as sinful. Because it is sinful it is weak, and being weak, it suffers and it dies. Use it to bring the Word of God to those who have it not, and the body becomes holy. Because it is holy it cannot be sick, nor can it die. When its usefulness is done it is laid by, and that is all. The mind makes this decision, as it makes all decisions that are responsible for the body’s condition. Yet the teacher of God does not make this decision alone. To do that would be to give the body another purpose from the one that keeps it holy. God’s Voice will tell him when he has fulfilled his role, just as It tells him what his function is. He does not suffer either in going or remaining. Sickness is now impossible to him.

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As Jesus has told us before, the body is neutral. It is not good or bad, sick or healthy. How we use the body determines what it is to us. If we use the body in service of the ego, it will be weak. This is because when used for attack, it will be weak to us. If we use it in service to the Holy Spirit, it becomes holy.

I didn’t always understand that the body could become holy. Because for a long time, I associated the body with the ego, and because I misused the body, I projected my guilt onto it. The body for me represented my sinfulness in choosing separation. Slowly, as I released more and more ego beliefs, I have become less identified with the ego and so less identified with the body as my self.

Since I don’t feel as sinful anymore, I have begun to make new decisions for the body. This is still a work in progress, but I am willing to see that the body can be holy if it is used only for holy purposes. I see that if I surrender the use of the body to the Holy Spirit, it will be useful for all that needs to be done. The Holy Spirit will give me my purpose and when it is done, the body will be laid aside. And, Jesus says, I will not suffer in either going or remaining.

Now Jesus says something that is not universally accepted, I think. He says that if we give the body over to our function as decided by the Holy Spirit, and we don’t use it for the ego’s purposes, sickness will be impossible to us because the body will have become holy. I have not experienced that yet, but then, I have not been fully surrendered yet.

I very much want to release all of the ego beliefs in my mind and, equally, I want to be the channel for God’s Word and only that. My desire along with my unwavering commitment will help me to accomplish this. In the meantime, I do the best I can in every moment.

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Study of Text, C 15: IX. The Holy Instant and the Attraction of God, P4. 6-15-18

IX. The Holy Instant and the Attraction of God, P 4
4 It is impossible to divide your strength between Heaven and hell, God and the ego, and release your power to creation, which is the only purpose for which it was given you. Love would always give increase. Limits are demanded by the ego, and represent its demands to make little and ineffectual. Limit your sight of a brother to his body, which you will do as long as you would not release him from it, and you have denied his gift to you. His body cannot give it. And seek it not through yours. Yet your minds are already continuous, and their union need only be accepted and the loneliness in Heaven is gone.

Journal
I am being told that I need to give my full allegiance to God rather than continuing to divide it between God and ego. I understand this doesn’t work, doesn’t make me happy and now I am told that it prevents me from using my power to create. I have all the reason in the world to remember my function and my one goal.

As Jesus does throughout the Course, he is reminding us that we are all in this together. We help each other to wake up. This is the only way it will work. Letting go of grievances is another way to think of this. I separate myself from my brother if I hold a grievance against him. If I separate us, I keep myself in hell. So the gift that my brother offers me is the opportunity to forgive him and thus to accept the Atonement.

Jesus talks about releasing my brother from his body by not limiting my sight of him to his body. If I am holding a grievance, I am limiting my brother to his body. It is only what we do and say that is judged and that is done within the body. I know a woman who I try to avoid. I see her in and as her body with no regard for her as she truly is.

She talks endlessly about her problems with no apparent desire to solve them. I would like to give her something but it would mean spending time with her and I dread the long monologue about how mistreated she is. This is an example of keeping her in her body. I see her as her body/personality and I react to that. Now, an interesting thing is happening. While there is still that ego reaction to her, I am also beginning to see her light.

It is not something I see with my eyes, but something that happens in the heart, vision rather than sight. It shows up as a sincere interest in her, and as a softening when I am around her. Sometimes I can listen to the whole conversation without casting about for someplace else to put my attention. I feel different about her in a way that is hard to explain. While my ego still reacts to her ego, there is something in me that loves her. I think I am releasing her from her body and, so, me from mine. I am beginning to accept our union.

 

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Manual for Teachers: 12. HOW MANY TEACHERS OF GOD ARE NEEDED TO SAVE THE WORLD? P 4. 6-12-18

12. HOW MANY TEACHERS OF GOD ARE NEEDED TO SAVE THE WORLD? P 4
4 Yet what makes God’s teachers is their recognition of the proper purpose of the body. As they advance in their profession, they become more and more certain that the body’s function is but to let God’s Voice speak through it to human ears. And these ears will carry to the mind of the hearer messages that are not of this world, and the mind will understand because of their Source. From this understanding will come the recognition, in this new teacher of God, of what the body’s purpose really is; the only use there really is for it. This lesson is enough to let the thought of unity come in, and what is one is recognized as one. The teachers of God appear to share the illusion of separation, but because of what they use the body for, they do not believe in the illusion despite appearances.

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As I let go of all the uses I had for the body, I naturally embrace that the only use I would have for it is to let the Voice for God through speak through this body to my brothers and sisters. Right now, I am still in the process of allowing this shift. I still overeat or eat for purposes other than fueling the body such as for emotional comfort. I still worry about how the body looks to other bodies in an attempt to bolster a sense of self-worth. I still sometimes use bodies as a repository for my guilt and for self-punishment as with sickness.

However, I also use it for its true purpose. I give my eyes, my ears, my feet and hands, and my voice to God to use for His purposes. As I do this more and more, the contrast in the way I feel using the body for this purpose as opposed to the old way of using the body motivates me to be more consistent in my choice for God. I am also losing my attachment to self as I continue focusing on the holy purpose for the body. And this is why I am drawn to the last sentence in this paragraph.

“The teachers of God appear to share the illusion of separation, but because of what they use the body for, they do not believe in the illusion despite appearances.”

Ok, maybe not yet there, but getting closer and closer.

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Study of Text, C 15: IX. The Holy Instant and the Attraction of God, P3. 6-11-18

IX. The Holy Instant and the Attraction of God, P 3
3 In the holy instant, where the Great Rays replace the body in awareness, the recognition of relationships without limits is given you. But in order to see this, it is necessary to give up every use the ego has for the body, and to accept the fact that the ego has no purpose you would share with it. For the ego would limit everyone to a body for its own purposes, and while you think it has a purpose, you will choose to utilize the means by which it tries to turn its purpose into accomplishment. This will never be accomplished. Yet you have surely recognized that the ego, whose goals are altogether unattainable, will strive for them with all its might, and will do so with the strength that you have given it.

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We can see the Great Rays that emanate from us and reach to Heaven, but we must let them replace the body in our awareness. This doesn’t mean we stop seeing the body with our eyes, but that we lose interest in the body as having an ego purpose. Then our awareness will rest on the Great Rays. I wonder if the lesson that says we may start to see light around objects is related to the Great Rays that we will one day come into our awareness.

The ego has many uses for the body, but all its uses come with a cost and never seem to deliver. For instance, it would use it to attract other bodies, but this attraction is not enough to give us the holy relationship we unconsciously long for. It will use the body for temporary pleasure, but because it is temporary, we are left with nothing when it is done and the nothingness is depressing. We then must look for more pleasure and our seeking has no end.

Another use the ego has for the body is to establish our worth. Perhaps we feed it carefully and as little as possible, exercise it to tone it up, dress it with flair and then we feel good about ourselves. But at best it is never enough and eventually, the body will age and change and let us down. If we depended on it to establish our worth with its beauty and perfection, then as this fades, so does our worth.
Here is a use, maybe the most essential use the ego has for the body; it is the repository for our guilt. When we project guilt onto our body it becomes tired and sick and eventually dies. When we project guilt onto others, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to undo the guilt and we destroy our relationships. And yet, the ego places great value in the body as a way to rid itself of guilt even though it doesn’t work, and in fact, the very effort to use the body to rid itself of guilt will only increase guilt.

The ego mind finds many uses for the body and if we give these uses our attention and desire, we will work very hard and fail. The worst part of this is that all this attention on the body will reinforce the belief that we are this body and if we believe we are the body, then we will suffer whatever the body suffers unto death. This obsession with the body will block our awareness of our magnificence. We will not remember who we are as long as we think we are the body.

The ego can cause all of this harm only because we give it the power to do so. We can use the strength given us by God in our creation to undo the ego if we so choose. Choosing to do so will require that we see the ego purposes very clearly and see that they not only do not work, they actually make everything worse. If we do this, our desire to support the ego will dissolve and true will takes its place. Our will is powerful and cannot be overcome. We will naturally become aware of the Great Rays when we lose all interest in any purpose for which the ego would use the body, and instead, give it to the Holy Spirit for His use.

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Manual for Teachers: 12. HOW MANY TEACHERS OF GOD ARE NEEDED TO SAVE THE WORLD? P 3. 6-8-18

12. HOW MANY TEACHERS OF GOD ARE NEEDED TO SAVE THE WORLD? P 3
3 Why is the illusion of many necessary? Only because reality is not understandable to the deluded. Only very few can hear God’s Voice at all, and even they cannot communicate His messages directly through the Spirit which gave them. They need a medium through which communication becomes possible to those who do not realize that they are spirit. A body they can see. A voice they understand and listen to, without the fear that truth would encounter in them. Do not forget that truth can come only where it is welcomed without fear. So do God’s teachers need a body, for their unity could not be recognized directly.

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I do hear the Voice for God, though not perfectly. I do share what I hear, but again, not perfectly.  I have always appreciated my teachers. These are God’s messengers who hear more clearly and share more precisely than I do. I have always had a teacher, someone who was a few steps ahead of me, someone whose steps I could follow. Not someone who is way ahead of me because then I would not understand the words she gave me, but far enough that she could lead me to my next level of understanding.

If I had no teacher in form, I would still get there, but not as quickly. The support that a good teacher provides has also been important to me. My teachers have not only gently guided me back on track when I temporarily lost my way; they have also reassured me when I was uncertain. They have not told me what I needed to do or believe, but have reminded me of the truth that is always available to me. It is like they put the truth before me to accept or reject. If fear was too strong in me at that time, they left it there for when I was ready.

I have met many teachers over the years and sometimes I met teachers I couldn’t work with. That does not mean there is anything wrong with them, but only that they were not for me. This is why there are many teachers. The ones that are for us will be brought into our sphere. Jesus tells us that as teachers our students are waiting for us. This applies both ways. As students, our teachers are available to us when we are ready for them. It is in this way, teacher to student and student to teacher that we find our way home together.

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Study of Text, C 15: IX. The Holy Instant and the Attraction of God, P 2. 6-7-18

IX. The Holy Instant and the Attraction of God, P 2
2 Our task is but to continue, as fast as possible, the necessary process of looking straight at all the interference and seeing it exactly as it is. For it is impossible to recognize as wholly without gratification what you think you want. The body is the symbol of the ego, as the ego is the symbol of the separation. And both are nothing more than attempts to limit communication, and thereby to make it impossible. For communication must be unlimited in order to have meaning, and deprived of meaning, it will not satisfy you completely. Yet it remains the only means by which you can establish real relationships, which have no limits, having been established by God.

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Our task is but to continue, as fast as possible, the necessary process of looking straight at all the interference and seeing it exactly as it is.

This paragraph goes nicely with the lesson I am doing today which tells us that our goal is to see our brothers as they are rather than as bodies. A good way to achieve that goal is to look straight at the interference with the goal and see it as it is. So when I look at my brother and see him as a body, I know the body, being the symbol of the ego, is the interference Jesus speaks of. The body itself and all that it does gets in the way of vision.

If all that I do is look at the body, all that I will see is the story and that is what I will believe. This leads to judgment and unforgiveness and takes me more deeply into the confusion of the illusion. I don’t want to be there anymore. I want to see past the illusion to the beauty and truth of my brothers and sisters. I want to overlook the story and see straight into the heart, to remember who we are. I want to experience this life with detachment, always asking what everything is for, letting the Holy Spirit interpret it all for me. This will be the fastest route possible for me.

If I do these things, if I am diligent in my practice of seeing past the illusion, my attempts at communication will be, if not unlimited, certainly with fewer limits. As I get closer to unlimited communication, my relationships will not be so limited. I will have holy relationships rather than the special relationships the ego offers.

I was with someone yesterday and I love being with her, but it is always a little stressful. The stress is caused by the limited communication between us. Somehow we each spend too much effort in trying to say the right thing to the other. I have never figured out how to correct this and so I am surrendering that relationship to the Holy Spirit. I am asking to see this precious person with Christ’s Vision. It feels good as I think of this. It feels like an intolerable weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

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